One of the wonders of the computer age is the invention of 3D printing. It is used to make all sorts of things now, including, strangely, an alternative kind of braces. To look at, these braces are not braces at all. Gone are the traditional brackets fixed to teeth with wires strung between them, tightened every few weeks to pull the teeth into alignment. In their place come 3D printed aligners, as they are called, which look more like mouth guards. They come from a company called Invisalign, and the way they work gives them several benefits not available from bracket and wires braces.
This way of straightening teeth is proving incredibly popular, and over four million people have used it worldwide. In Windsor, Invisalign is available from reputable dental practices, such as Old Windsor Dental Practice.
How Invisalign in Windsor works
Unlike traditional braces, where one appliance is cemented to the teeth and slowly tightened every few weeks in order to pull the teeth into alignment, Invisalign uses a series of aligners. The aligners are made of 0.3 millimetre-thick, rigid, transparent plastic. They snap onto metal clips fixed to the back teeth. How many each patient needs depends on how much work need to be done to get their teeth to line up properly.
The first aligner is fractionally different from the patient’s current arrangement of teeth. Carefully placed pressure points start off the process of pushing the teeth into their correct positions. Each aligner takes about two weeks to get its work done and then it’s on to the next one.
Patients pop into their dentists every few weeks to make sure everything is going to plan, and because appointments are shorter and further apart than traditional braces, the cost comes down.
The big plus with Invisalign in Windsor is that once the aligners are in place on the teeth, they are more or less impossible to spot. This means that people can go through their treatment without having to deal with unwanted personal questions and stares. That kind of thing may have been alright when they were kids, but as adults in responsible, and often public-facing jobs, no one wants that kind of attention.